Thomas Parker Williams – Reason Belief Truth


© 2017
edition of 12
dimensions in inches: 9 x 9 x 2


About this piece:
Reason Belief Truth is a book of philosophical investigations begun with three statements:

The truth can be found by…
The truth can not be found by….
The truth can only be found by…

These statements are illustrated on three flaps inside the cover which opens to reveal 21 double-sided cards with terms that may be used to complete the investigations or initiate further debate.

On the rear of each statement is another statement:

Reason is the search for evidence to support a proposition
Belief is the reliance on a personal conviction
Truth is found only if what is found is true

The terms on the 21 double-sided cards are as follows:

scientific/mystical, logical/theological, experimental/theoretical, deductive/intuitive, mathematical/hypothetical, destructive/constructive,
ethical/corrupt, dominating/subservient, deceiving/trustworthy,
selfish/altruistic, radical/conservative, invisible/unmistakable,
social/hermetical, seeking/myopic, rapture/indifference,
self denial/indulgence, miracles/matter, order/chaos,
salvation/damnation, wisdom/ignorance, leadership/anarchy

Reason Belief Truth was designed, illustrated, printed and bound by Thomas Parker Williams.
Text was letterpress printed and hand set by Mary Agnes Williams
Concept by Thomas Parker Williams and Mary Agnes Williams.


paper, leather, wood, ink, watercolor

About the artist:

Thomas Parker Williams lives and works in Philadelphia, PA, USA. His work includes hand-made artist book editions, unique book works, printmaking, and painting. Some of his artist book editions contain an audio element – music or sound work – composed, performed, and recorded by the artist. Tom’s artist books are in numerous private and public collections.


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